Faculty

The University of Maine will celebrate its 220th Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 6, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, 2022.  The schedule, while subject to change due to evolving public health concerns, is as follows:

May 6:  Graduate School Commencement Ceremony for the class of 2022, with alumni from the classes of 2021 and 2020
May 7:  Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies for the class of 2022 (AM and PM)
May 8:  Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for alumni from the classes of 2020 and 2021

Commencement is a community celebration, the highlight of the academic year, not only for the graduating classes, but for the faculty, administration, and staff.  The graduates and their families look forward to sharing this moment with the faculty.  As a faculty member, you are critical to the success of our programs, our courses, and, most especially, our students.  We warmly invite and heartily encourage you to participate in Commencement 2022.

If you plan to attend any of the commencement ceremonies, please let us know by completing the University of Maine 2022 Commencement Attendance/Regalia Form by April 7, 2022.

April 8 update: Regalia can no longer be ordered, but we do need to know if you plan on attending. If you plan on attending commencement, please notify Dianne Avery at diannea@maine.edu or 207.581.1595.  

Reserved regalia may be picked up in the Bookstore starting May 2, 2022.


2022 University of Maine Commencement

Faculty Instructions

Faculty must complete the Faculty Regalia and Attendance Form University of Maine 2022 Commencement Attendance/Regalia Form if they plan on attending any of the Commencement ceremonies.  Regalia must be worn at all commencement ceremonies. Regalia must be ordered prior to April 7, 2022, and reserved regalia may be picked up at the Bookstore after May 2, 2022.

April 8 update: Regalia can no longer be ordered, but we do need to know if you plan on attending. If you plan on attending commencement, please notify Dianne Avery at diannea@maine.edu or 207.581.1595.  

All marching faculty should assemble and robe in the New Balance Field House/Memorial GymAthletics Academic Advising Area to prepare to march out of the arched glass doors.  Long Road will be temporarily closed so faculty and graduates may march to Alfond Arena.

Friday, May 6

Please arrive at the Field House no later than 3:20 p.m.
Please be ready to leave the Field House by 3:45 p.m. sharp.

Saturday, May 7

For the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, please arrive at the Field House no later than 9:00 a.m.
For the 2:30 p.m. ceremony, please arrive at the Field House no later than 2:00 p.m.
Please be ready to leave the Field House by 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. sharp. 

Sunday, May 8

Please arrive at the Field House no later than 9:00 a.m. 
Please be ready to leave the Field House by 9:15 a.m. sharp.

Parking has been reserved for marching faculty in the Bennett Parking Lot between Bennett Hall and the Mahaney Dome.  Signs will assist you once you have entered the Field House/Memorial Gym. 

If you feel you cannot march from the New Balance Field House to the Alfond Arena Zamboni entrance, please go directly to Alfond Arena.

Faculty will march in two lines from the Field House to Alfond Arena.  On Friday, Executive Committee members will report to the volunteer staff to be lined up appropriately.

Emeriti faculty should march at the front of the RIGHT line.  Any faculty member who feels they may not be able to stand while the students march into the arena should march toward the front of the RIGHT line so they may be seated in the faculty seating area if they wish.

Faculty Marshals will meet you at the Zamboni entrance of Alfond Arena and lead you up the center aisle toward the stage.  Faculty will remain standing on either side of the center aisle while the graduates march up the center aisle.  After all graduates find their seats, faculty should file into faculty seating but remain standing.  The Stage Party will march up the center aisle to the stage after faculty are at their seats.

Faculty will process out of the arena following the stage party.  Faculty may return rented regalia on Saturday and Sunday downstairs at Alfond Arena near the elevator.